We believe going solo is a great idea. It’s a cliche for a reason – traveling in unfamiliar, beautiful lands does lead to finding yourself. Self-reflection and getting used to doing things done your own way is a healthy thing to do.

Who knows – you might find a better travel companion in one of these places anyway?


The Azores

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Explore Land Cotton Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf WrapThe Azores is a untapped paradise, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. A short 4 hour flight from the US or 2 hour flight from Europe, this is a perfect quick getaway destination for solo travellers. Head out into the lunch Forrests or drink in the downtown bars on the marina. The place is welcoming to all guests, and the Portuguese people are friendly and kind.

Visitors to this island will find Sao Miguel (the largest of the 9 islands) easy to get around due to the excellent roads as well as a well set up guides to the islands. Surrounded by the ocean means that there is plenty to see on water, with whale watching and dolphin watching being favourite activities. As the first Earth Check sustainable archipelago, the Azores is all about connecting with nature. From Yoga to Shinrin Yoku or Forrest Bathing, this is a place for relaxing and enjoying life around you. It also has the world’s largest private gin collection for a sunset drink.


Malta

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Being a small island country, a solo traveler can do a roadtrip around the entire island in just a week or so. Small villages, blue waters everywhere, it is truly a mesmerizing destination for anyone who has decided to travel alone. Just make a loose itinerary and enjoy your time near the beach, or learn more about the island while you do a sightseeing tour.


Portugal

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Portugal is probably the best solo travel destination for surfing. With over 800km of coast line, a solo traveler can choose among dramatic cliffs, dune-covered beaches and amazing surf breaks. Apart from that a solo traveler can do a hike at the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês and explore the local villages in Beiras, which has also become a must visit for wine-loving travelers.


Positano,Italy

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This village on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy is perfect if you are solo and want to enjoy both a beach vacation and small sightseeing tour. With its dramatic vertical panorama, Mediterranean houses, and pebble beaches, it is a perfect spot to practice photography away from the big city and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.


Georgia

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Georgia is one of the most underrated solo travel destinations in the world. It’s now an up and coming hotspot for Digital Nomads who want to bunker down to get work done while having access to some of the best food and sites in the world. For solo travellers, Georgia recently was named the 7th safest country in the world, costs a fraction of the price to travel compared to Europe and offers a great mix of nature (Kazbegi and Svaneti), food and drinks (Georgia is considered the birthplace of wine), religion (the most beautiful churches in the world) and unique history, sitting at the crossroads of Asia and Europe.

Couple this with one of the best hostels I had ever stayed in, Fabrika Tblisi, you can’t really go wrong choosing Georgia for a solo trip. I spent a month travelling across the country and had nothing but an amazing time there. Even though it’s still not as famous as the well-trodden path of mainland Europe, I would dare say that there are plenty of interesting things to see and do that would rival and even eclipse some of its better-known neighbours.


Bled, Slovenia

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1. It has been a destination for over 100 years as a getaway for Europeans but not yet crowded with lots of tourists.

2. The top hotels have Old World charm at very low prices while the region looks like a Swiss village but at only a percentage of the cost.

3. People are friendly and welcoming while crime is low to non-existent.

4. There is an old castle to explore plus a fabled small church perched on a tiny island in the middle of a lake.

5. For an active vacation in warmer months, there is the option of hiking and biking.


Porto, Portugal

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Porto is an excellent destination for solo travellers and here’s why. Even though Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, it has small-town charm and a laid-back atmosphere. It is filled with hilly streets, picturesque viewpoints, undeniably stunning architecture, delicious fresh food, and welcoming locals. You don’t feel like you’re in a major city.

There is no language barrier as most people in Porto speak English. However, the basic olá (hello) and obrigada (thank you) in Portuguese is always great to know. The city is compact and easy to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance of each other, making Porto a great city to explore by foot on your own.

According to World Peace Index (2019), Portugal is the 4th most peaceful country in the world and the 3rd safest country in Europe. Making Porto one of the safest solo travel destination in the world. But that’s not all, there are so many things to do in Porto. From strolling around the charming Old Town and colourful Ribeira district. Visiting the São Bento railway station and taking in the mesmerising azulejos tiles, Port tasting to cruising along the Douro River for spectacular views of Porto and the famous six bridges.

To crossing the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia to watch the sunset over Porto. If you are looking for a vibrant and fun place to travel solo, visit Porto, it is one of the best destinations for solo travellers!


Koh Tao, Thailand

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Dreaming of paradise beaches and plenty of hostels to meet other fellow travelers? Thailand is the perfect country to start your first solo-backpacking adventure! Some people might tell you that Thailand became very touristic, which is true for some locations, but that doesn’t mean it is packed with tourists everywhere. Koh Tao is one of my favourite destinations.

Expect paradise beaches, an island full of stunning viewpoints, crystal clear water with a rich underwater life and many tours you can join to explore the Island and meet other travelers. The relaxed island atmosphere makes it a very easy place to get around and with hundreds of expats living here, you will feel completely safe.


Seville, Spain

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Seville, the capital of the Andalusian region of Spain, is known for its buzzing social life. This beautiful city has been a huge center of attraction for travelers from around the world. With some of the friendliest locals and a very vibrant cultural scene with some magnificent monuments and memorable street performances, you are sure to leave a piece of your heart behind when you leave this place.


Bhutan

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The Kingdom of Bhutan is a country with magnificent monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, and the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. It is a place rich in culture and history and the perfect spot for a solo travel experience. With some of the friendliest and the happiest people in the world, Bhutan is the perfect location for a peaceful and relaxing vacation.


Iceland

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With a Global Peace Index (GPI) Ranking of 1, Iceland is the safest place to travel. This country is known for its natural wonders and friendly people. It has some breathtaking sites like the Northern Lights, Geothermal Waters, Pristine Glaciers, Streams and Lakes. Apart from the natural wonders, Iceland also has some amazing destinations like The Elf School and The Harpa. The island also offers volcano and whale watching tours. Also, don’t forget to try out some local delicacies like rotten shark and sheep testicles and other wonders of the New Nordic Cuisine.


New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the best and safest travel locations in the world with a GPI Ranking of 2. If you love adventure and outdoor activities, New Zealand is the perfect place for you with various hikes, glacier treks, and extreme sports like bungee jumping and skydiving. It is also a dream location for Lord of The Rings fans as the entire film series was shot here. You can still find some parts of the set like The Shire in Hobbiton. Must-visit locations also include the capital Wellington and Fiordland for some amazing sights.


Prague

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Prague is often seen as this romantic place that is perfect for travelling couples, but having spent the first 6 weeks alone after moving here, I can say Prague is also one of the best places to travel solo. Some of the top reasons for this include the affordability, as Prague is cheap place to eat out, see sights and go for a drink, as well as having a wide range of accommodation choices, whether you are budget traveller or prefer five star hotels.

From personal experience, the location and cost of trains for national and international travel is also fantastic, having been to Budapest and back for under 20 Euros multiple times. Prague is also an immensely safe place, so you need not worry about being out after dark, so can explore with no worries 24/7 if you desire.


Japan

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Japan’s low crime rates make it a very safe destination to travel alone, it has been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s safest countries, according to World Population Review. Japanese food, culture and history have been bringing tourists in for centuries and it’s a fantastic country for solo travelers. Japan is one of the only countries where it is normal to go for dinner alone.

This is comforting for nomads as many feel insecure eating alone as they are not accustomed to it in North American culture. Japan’s culture is very polite and even though the locals may not understand what you are saying completely they will smile, nod, bow and speak in gestures to try and accommodate you.

Lastly, Japan’s transit system is state of the art and you will never have any delays or problems traveling from city to city. Although not traditionally considered a cheap destination, purchasing a rail pass can reduce your train expenses, staying in capsule pods at hostels or sleeping at traditional ryokan (Japanese inns), and eating at conveyor belt sushi restaurants or street food will allow solo travelers to keep costs reasonable.


Stockholm, Sweden

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There’s something for everyone in Stockholm, with its mix of stunning modern design, medieval cathedrals, and cobbled streets, to kitsch and karaoke at the ABBA museum. The city is safe, progressive, beautiful, walkable, and at the same time becoming increasingly more diverse. It’s perfect for the solo traveller who wants to retain solitude while still mingling with locals in small doses, as you’ll rarely be approached when you don’t want to be.

Getting around Stockholm independently is a breeze; most Swedes speak excellent English and are happy to point you in the right direction should you get lost, and the city is consistently ranked as one of the world’s safest. Stockholm placed 12th in the 2019 Safe Cities Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and is a popular destination for solo female travellers for this very reason.


Rome, Italy

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Rome is known for its ancient architecture, vibrant community and tasty food. It is perfect for solo travelers since it contains numerous attractions that are spread throughout the city. You don’t need a strict agenda for Rome – a simple walk around the city will already take you to multiple famous locations. Plus, Italians are very welcoming, so you can easily meet the locals and make new friends.


Koh Samui – Thailand

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Thailand is a prime destination for solo travellers because of its friendly and welcoming culture, warm climate and natural landscapes, plus it is easy to get by speaking English. The second-largest island in Thailand, Koh Samui, is a particularly alluring destination because you can find miles of fine, sandy beaches to explore as well as intriguing sites and well-trodden trails through the lush rainforest.

You can stop by the luxury wellness resorts on the island, practice yoga while the sun sets on the beach or make your way to Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha Temple, to see this inspiring golden shrine. Finish your solo trip by bathing in the pools of Na Muang Waterfall, where you can gaze out upon the breathtaking rainforest and rock formations surrounding you.


Masai Mara

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Masai Mara or simply The Mara as it is known by locals here in Kenya is a game reserve located in Kenya’s Narok County. It boarders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. I am suggesting Masai Mara not only because it is home to the big cats, but also because this is where wildebeest migration happens. At Masai Mara, you will not only meet lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and zebras, but also experience the migration of over a million wildebeests from Serengeti National park to The Mara and vise versa, during various times of the year.

The migration usually consist of close to 1.5 million wildebeests, thousands of zebras and several hundreds of antelopes. The animals migrate for over 800 kilometers, and sadly, not all of them reach their destination. A number of predators prey on them. These include lions of Serengeti and crocodiles of Mara river. The animals have to cross Mara river to enter Masai Mara, and crocodiles take advantage of this. Security here is on point to ensure that there is no conflict between animals and people. If you like camping, there is ample space for all. Happy travel!


Kerala, India

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While Kerala may not be the first destination which comes to mind when you think of India, this tropical utopia on the southwestern coast is home to a varied landscape and is a paradise for solo travellers. Across the state, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in culture, moving from the busy centre of Kochi, which houses a diverse history with temples, mosques and churches around every corner, to the beaches, dotted with palm trees and boasting golden sand.

The backwaters in Kerala are a network of stunning blue lagoons and lakes which visitors can cross via traditional houseboat. Or, travelling inland, mountain ranges sit alongside towns like Munnar, where you can explore tea and spice plantations. There are a range of activities and places to discover, as well as new cuisine to try and a pleasant climate. It’s one of the safest destinations in India, so solo travellers can feel at ease here, as they surround themselves with the picturesque countryside and enjoy the refreshing lifestyle.


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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The serenity of the ocean is reason enough to believe Myrtle Beach is perfect for the solo traveler. But stroll the boardwalk, and you’ll find live music at the historic The Bowery (where Alabama got its start) or you’ll enjoy a peaceful spin on the SkyWheel, which overlooks miles to the north and south of the Carolina shores. Just a few blocks away is Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina’s No. 1 tourist attraction, with dozens of shops, dining and entertainment options for the thrill seeker.

Many traveling solo can still enjoy a great show like Legends In Concert or at The Carolina Opry, which is celebrating its 35th year on the Grand Strand. Stroll shops and watch the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille or Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, both at Barefoot Landing. Or, solo travelers can board a vessel that takes them to international waters where they can try their luck on the Big M Casino in Little River. There are hundreds more options solo travelers can explore as they travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Sarasota, FL

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Whether you’re looking for somewhere to mingle with the locals or keep to yourself, Sarasota is the perfect destination to get away for a solo trip. While Sarasota is mostly known for its stunning stretch of white sand, quirky clown history, and active sun-lovers, the town is ideal to learn something new, with plenty of tours that tell how Sarasota became the outstanding place it is today, such as a Siesta Key Rum. My suggestion on where to stay: Lido Beach Resort. The property is situated on 300 feet of white sand in Lido Key and specializes. In Gulf Coast sunsets and all things R&R.


Nepal

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Nepal is the perfect combination of a destination to travel solo while still getting a sense of adventure and off the beaten path. Many choose southeast Asia as their first solo travel destination, but if you’d like to head somewhere else in Asia without the hassle of the China visa or the intimidation of India that some feel, Nepal is the answer.

A country known for trekking – to Everest especially – there is far more to do in Nepal even if you don’t care the least bit about hiking. Spend time wandering the streets of bustling Kathmandu, take a cooking class to master your momo making skills, head to Chitwan National Park for the chance to see rhinos, tigers, and more, or chill out in the laid-back Pokhara.


Catalina Island

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With its convenient location just off the coast from Los Angeles, as well as diverse activities, spectacular scenery and Mediterranean ambiance, Catalina Island is the ideal location for solo travelers. Hiking, zip lining, snorkeling and kayaking are just some of the many adventures awaiting travelers to Catalina, which also features delicious dining, intriguing shopping and indulgent spa treatments.


Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico

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This hidden gem on the pacific coast of Oaxaca is ideal for solo travellers looking to connect more with nature and explore the benefits of a meditation practice. A popular destination amongst the spiritually inclined, Mazunte is home to a meditation center, lots of affordable accommodation ranging in price,sandy white beaches, a turtle rescue farm, delicious cheap tacos and the regional specialty, tlayudas, – and the most stunning sunset I encountered on my solo travels through Central America.

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